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South East Creatives

South East Creatives is a business development programme, supporting growing creative practices working in Essex, East Sussex and Kent Kent Essex.

The programme is for creative, cultural or digital businesses, looking to cultivate their skills and broaden their professional network. Businesses and sole traders can opt for one of the following: 

To apply for any of the above please fill in the eligibility form.




For eligible businesses and sole traders:

Workshops and Mentoring Programme 

New Folkestone dates: 28 & 29 February 2020

For further information click here.


For Creative Quarter and Glassworks Tenants:

Creative Quarter Meet Up

The Glassworks | Wednesday 29 January 2020 | 10.30am-12pm

Creative Folkestone and South East Creatives would like to invite all Creative Quarter and Glassworks tenants to join us for tea, coffee and pastries on Wednesday 29 January as we launch a series of meet ups for 2020.

On 29 January there will be a short presentation by Philippa Wall from South East Creatives [SECCADS] about the support they can offer cultural, creative and digital businesses operating in Essex, Kent and East Sussex, including grants, business support, mentoring and internship opportunities.

Karen Pamplin Browne will tell you more about what Creative Folkestone has planned as part of our South East Creatives programme and ask for your input on areas of focus for future meetings. You will get to meet Daryl Whitehead, our new Creative Quarter Manager, and of course meet up with other Creative Quarter tenants.

We look forward to seeing you on 29th January.


More 2020 event dates coming soon!


About South East Creatives:

Businesses in the creative, cultural and digital sectors are being encouraged to take advantage of a new £5.1million grants and support programme.

The South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Programme (SECCADS) is an ambitious programme, led by Thurrock Council and running across Essex, Kent and East Sussex.

Between now and December 2020, it aims to help more than 370 companies and sole-traders with business support or match-funded grants of up to £20,000, contributing a major boost to the creative economy in the South East.

Grants awarded under the scheme can be used to fund both capital and revenue projects, including equipment, plant and machinery costs, salary costs towards a new role, supporting initial rent for new premises, funding the cost of purchasing patents, IT software and much more.

The business support element of the programme has been awarded to Space Studios - a well-established organisation supporting the creative industry. Space is developing a programme tailored to meet the specific needs of creative businesses in the South East.

The programme will be supported by established local cultural hubs at Creative Folkestone, Resort Studios in Margate, Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, as well as by partners based in Thurrock, Southend and Colchester.

For more information and to find out whether you are eligible for this programme, please email

Click here to find out about the workshop and mentoring programme



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